Predictable Quality for Embedded Development

Code Coverage and Test Automation

VectorCAST/QA enables teams to implement consistent and repeatable processes for managing test activities and reporting key quality metrics such as code coverage. Test automation simplifies test execution. It is compatible with all test execution frameworks. VectorCAST/QA also provides an integrated workflow for white-box system testing. Application internals can be monitored, and faults injected using Probe Points. VectorCAST/QA Change-Based Testing reduces total test time by only running tests that are impacted by code changes.

VectorCAST/QA allows team members to collaborate on test activities, shorten test times, and provide up to date metrics on release readiness. VectorCAST/QA integrates with your build system and existing test infrastructure to silently collect key metrics such as, test case status and code coverage data. VectorCAST/QA uses your existing workflow and tools so no changes are necessary.


  • Supports C, C++ and Ada
  • Certified by TÜV SÜD for industrial, automotive, medical and railway applications
  • Tool Qualification Package for DO-178C
  • Coverage types include Statement, Branch, MC/DC, Function and Function Call
  • Uses the same compiler and build scripts you already use
  • Coverage for host and embedded target applications
  • Integrated workflow for White-box testing with Probe Points
  • Faster testing with Change-Based Testing (CBT)
  • White-box Testing with VectorCAST Probe Points
  • Jenkins plug-in to support continuous and parallel testing

Highlights of VectorCAST/QA

Continuous Testing

VectorCAST/QA integrates easily with Continuous Integration (CI) Servers such as Jenkins to allow tests to be distributed across a farm of physical or virtual test machines.

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Test Collaboration

VectorCAST/QA allows users to easily run all flavors of test without needing to learn new tools or processes. Connectors for each flavor of test are configured once and then leveraged by the entire team.

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Integrated Code Coverage

VectorCAST/QA automates the capture and maintenance of code coverage data during testing, which allows users to quickly identify untested portions of the application and determine resources needed to improve testing thoroughness.

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Change-Based Testing

Using the data gathered from the build system and from monitoring system test activities, VectorCAST/QA identifies correlations between tests and code. As the code changes, it automatically computes the minimum set of tests required to provide complete testing of the change.

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Change Impact Analysis

Change Impact Analysis can be used to identify the impact of a set of source code changes on the quantity of testing required. This provides developers with the ability to make better decisions when implementing their changes.

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Test Case Maintenance

Legacy test cases are often poorly documented and seldom evaluated for improvement as the application matures. VectorCAST/QA provides visibility into the parts of the application that each test stimulates, allowing you to gauge the value of each test and identify redundant tests.

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How it Works

VectorCAST/QA integrates with your build system and existing test infrastructure to silently collect key metrics such as code complexity, frequency of code changes, test case status, and code coverage data. VectorCAST/QA provides development and QA engineers a single point of control for test activities as well as a wealth of data that can be used to make quality improvement decisions. No changes to your existing workflow or tools are required. As your normal system testing activities take place, a data repository is constructed that becomes an oracle to answer questions such as:

  • How much testing has been done?
  • What testing remains to be done?
  • Are we ready to release?
  • Where should I invest more testing effort?

Code Coverage Analysis

Automated Code Coverage Tools Are Necessary

Code Coverage measures the completeness of test activities by analyzing the portions of an application executed by each test case. This coverage data identifies undertested sections of a code base and can be used in combination with other metrics such as code complexity and bug counts to guide quality improvement initiatives.
Blog post: Convincing reasons to adopt code coverage tools


VectorCAST Services

The VectorCAST Services group helps your organization implement industry focused, best practice-based methodologies to improve software quality and productivity. What sets the VectorCAST Services group apart from other professional services groups is the expertise in complex testing environments and the focus on mentoring clients for self-sufficiency while helping them establish repeatable software development and testing processes.


VectorCAST Workshops

Our workshops offer you many opportunities to expand or deepen your knowledge about VectorCAST.

Gain a basic understanding of Unit Testing and Code Coverage concepts and how the VectorCAST test automation platform can be used to implement those concepts.


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